UFC 99

UFC 99: The Comeback was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on June 13, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. It was the first UFC event held in Germany, as well as the first in mainland Europe (events have previously been held in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the continental United States, Brazil, and Japan).


On Monday, June 1, the UFC announced that Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović would be returning to the promotion to face Mostapha Al-turk at UFC 99. It was Filipović's first fight in the UFC since his unanimous-decision loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 in 2007. Since that fight, he has gone 2-0-0 with one no contest while fighting for other promotions.

An announced bout between Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez was cancelled due to an illness that Herring was suffering. On May 20, 2009, Cheick Kongo was announced as the replacement.


Preliminary card

* Welterweight bout: England John Hathaway vs. United States Rick Story

Hathaway defeated Story via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)

* Heavyweight bout: Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Stojnić vs. Netherlands Stefan Struve

Struve defeated Stojnić via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:37 of round 2.

* Lightweight bout: England Paul Kelly vs. United States Rolando Delgado

Kelly defeated Delgado via unanimous decision (30–27,29–28,29–28)

* Welterweight bout: England Paul Taylor vs. Germany Peter Sobotta

Taylor defeated Sobotta via unanimous decision (30–27,30–27,29–28)

* Lightweight bout: Germany Dennis Siver vs. United States Dale Hartt

Siver defeated Hartt via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:23 of round 1.

* Lightweight bout: England Terry Etim vs. United States Justin Buchholz

Etim defeated Buchholz via submission (d'arce choke) at 2:38 of round 2.

Main card

* Welterweight bout: United States Marcus Davis vs. England Dan Hardy

Hardy defeated Davis via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28).

* Lightweight bout: United States Spencer Fisher vs. Japan Caol Uno

Fisher defeated Uno via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).

* Welterweight bout: United States Mike Swick vs. United States Ben Saunders

Swick defeated Saunders via TKO (strikes) at 3:47 of round 2.

* Heavyweight bout: Croatia Mirko Filipović vs. United Kingdom Mostapha Al-turk

Filipović defeated Al-turk via TKO (strikes) at 3:06 of round 1.

* Heavyweight bout: United States Cain Velasquez vs. France Cheick Kongo

Velasquez defeated Kongo via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).

* Catchweight (195 lb) bout: United States Rich Franklin vs. Brazil Wanderlei Silva

Franklin defeated Silva via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).

* Fight of the Night: United States Rich Franklin vs. Brazil Wanderlei Silva
* Knockout of the Night: United States Mike Swick
* Submission of the Night: England Terry Etim